NHS “Cafeteria Lady” Helps Feed Tahlequah’s Hungry Children

NHS “Cafeteria Lady” Helps Feed Tahlequah’s Hungry Children

In 2003, a little boy in Oklahoma City fainted in his school lunch line due to lack of food over the weekend. This event prompted the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to create the Food for Kids Backpack Program. NHS’s self-proclaimed “Cafeteria Lady,” Ruth Stell, decided to help feed children in Tahlequah by collecting nearly $1,000 for the Tahlequah backpack program. “If you’ve ever visited the NHS cafeteria, you would remember Ruth,” said Mark McCroskey, VP of Operations. “She is a remarkable woman with an incredibly giving heart.” The program provides chronically hungry children with backpacks filled with non-perishable, nutritious, kid-friendly, shelf-stable food to sustain them over weekends and school holidays. During the 2015-2016 school year, the Backpack Program served 18,816 elementary school students attending 512 schools across 53 central and western Oklahoma counties, providing more than 2 million meals for chronically hungry children. “There are starving children all over the world,” said Stell, “and it’s good to work to feed them, but with seventeen percent of all Oklahoma children living in poverty, we need to feed our children right here at home too.” Stell began taking donations, selling recipes and crocheting items for sell in the NHS cafeteria. Soon she had raised $900 to donate to the local backpack program. “You should always give back. So many people are less fortunate than most of us, so we should help out if we can,” said Stell. “If I can fill one belly, then yay!” Photo Caption: The NHS “Cafeteria Lady,” Ruth Stell, right, raised nearly $1,000 for the Tahlequah Backpack Program. Here she is seen donating the money to...
NHS Welcomes New EMS Director

NHS Welcomes New EMS Director

Northeastern Health System is happy to announce Mike Cates as the new Director of Emergency Services. Mike replaces long-time director David Carroll who will oversee the Wound Management Center, as well as maintenance on the ambulances. Cates previously spent 25 years working for Muskogee County EMS, a job that has prepared him well for this new role. “I have had several mentors growing up in this business,” he said. “I have worked with some very good doctors, medics and nurses over the years that have all influenced me in my career.” Cates chose NHS because he was impressed with the size and the family atmosphere. “I treat everyone the same,” he said. “Ever patient is someone’s family. I treat them the exact same way I would want my family member treated.” Cates plans to increase the education of the NHS EMS team, which will in turn, provide better health care for patients. “Patients should choose NHS because we are a caring service,” said Cates. “Our technology is growing with leaps and bounds.   There’s no question that our care at NHS will rival any other hospital our size in the country.” The administration, providers and staff at Northeastern Health System strive to provide convenient and affordable access to a full range of services, including many primary and specialty care services, and consider it a privilege to serve the community. “I would like to thank Muskogee County EMS for the years of experience and knowledge that I gained while working there, and all the relationships that I built while there,” said Cates, “and I would like to thank Northeastern Health Systems...